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Updated 03 November 2022

Umrah is one of the important pilgrimages that Muslims may perform at any time during the year in Saudi Arabia. This pilgrimage is a part of the grand pilgrimage, Hajj, which is performed annually.

We’ve gathered all the important information that you need to perform Umrah from India in this article. Read further to find out.

Umrah from India 2022 news

Saudi Arabia is currently issuing permits to foreign pilgrims wishing to perform the Umrah, including ones from India.

Saudi Arabia has recently extended validity of the Umrah from 30 days to 90 days. This new arrangement allows pilgrims to move about freely within Saudi Arabia without any restraints.

According to the latest update from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Eatmarna app is replaced with the new app called Nusuk (available on iPhone, Android, and Huawei). It is an app that will enable people to apply for e-visa, book permits for Umrah, Rawdah As Sheerafah, Umrah packages, tourist sites in the Kingdom, and many more services.

Can Indians perform Umrah in 2022?

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reopened Umrah visa applications following a successful Hajj season. Umrah seekers from India and all over the world are now allowed to apply for the pilgrimage which recommenced on 30 July 2022 (Muharram 1).

Recently, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah allowed women aged 18 to 65 to perform Umrah without a male guardian or “mahram”, but on the condition that they are a part of a group. They are also required to be vaccinated for one dose (partially vaccinated) and free of any diseases.

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When is the best time for Umrah 2022?

Many Muslims prefer to perform Umrah during Ramadan. Especially since the holy month itself is believed to be a time when the Qur’an is first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad SAW, thus, Ramadan is marked as a month full of blessings. That is why, all good deeds are encouraged during Ramadan, including Umrah.

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However, visiting Umrah during Ramadan can be a little bit expensive, since the cost of the Umrah package is expected to rise during Ramadan, especially on the last 10 days of Ramadan since people are wanting to spend the last days of Ramadan in the holy cities of Makkah and Medina. A significant rise in cost has been reported for Umrah packages from Umrah operators in Saudi Arabia from SAR110 to SAR200.

The same case will likely occur for Umrah operators in India as well, considering Saudi Arabia now has established the Value Added Tax (VAT) to 15%, foreign exchange rate and other aspects would make the cost of Umrah packages rise.

What are the requirements for Umrah 2022?

Umrah visa

Here are the documents that you need to prepare to obtain your Umrah Visa:

  • A completed original Umrah visa application form. The statement written at the end of the application form must be carefully read and signed. (To obtain a visa application form by post, send a large, self-addressed envelope to your nearest Saudi Consulate.) Note: If someone has a non-Muslim name, he or she should submit a certificate from a mosque or an Islamic centre stating that the applicant is a Muslim.
  • One recent passport-size colour photograph with a white background should be attached to the application form. The photograph must be a full-face view in which the visa applicant is facing the camera directly. Side or angled views are NOT accepted.
  • Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of submission of the application form.
  • Confirmed and non-refundable airline ticket. Departure from Saudi Arabia should be within two weeks from the date of entry.
  • A vaccination certificate against Meningococcal Meningitis should be attached. The certificate of vaccinations should have been issued not more than three years and not less than 10 days prior to entry to Saudi Arabia and it should be valid for three years. The vaccination certificate must be with the applicant on entry to Saudi Arabia.
  • If the applicant is not a national of the country he/she is applying from, a valid residency permit must be submitted with the application.

Umrah visas can be applied through an accredited travel agent.

Furthermore, when entering Saudi Arabia from India, pilgrims must register on the Nusuk Application. With Nusuk, travellers can easily organize their entire visit, from applying for an eVisa to booking hotels and flights, through the following steps:

  • Click “Apply for Visa”
  • Enter your nationality as “India”
  • Answer accordingly for “Are you a US, UK or EU permanent resident or a US, UK or Schengen visa holder” and “Are you a GCC resident?”
  • If you answered yes, click “Visa through Package”
  • If you answered no, click “View Package Providers”

Nusuk’s features to select Umrah Package providers allow you to choose travel agencies and professionals to obtain visas, manage itineraries, curate trips and enjoy preferential rates on a wide variety of experiences.

Umrah testing requirements

All foreign pilgrims are now allowed to enter Saudi Arabia for Umrah without having to provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result before departure to the Kingdom. Additionally, travellers arriving on visit visas must have medical insurance to cover any COVID-19-related treatment costs during their stay.

Umrah vaccine requirements

While Saudi Arabia has lifted most COVID-19-related restrictions, pilgrims looking to perform the Umrah are required to present proof of vaccination upon their arrival at the Kingdom. Approved vaccines are: Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen and Oxford/AstraZeneca.

For holders of Umrah visas vaccinated with vaccines other than the ones mentioned above, quarantine may be mandatory.

Apart from the COVID vaccine, there are a few more vaccine requirements that foreign pilgrims may have to pay attention to before their arrival in Saudi Arabia including the Yellow Fever vaccine, Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine, Polio vaccine and the Seasonal Flu Shot

Umrah quarantine requirements

In line with Saudi Arabia’s latest Umrah entry requirements, no quarantine will be necessary for Indian pilgrims fully vaccinated with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Janssen.

However, those who have had one dose of the Covaxin, Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccine will be subject to institutional quarantine for 3 days and must submit a PCR test certificate after 48 hours from the date of institutional quarantine.

Can I perform Umrah using a tourist visa?

Normally, yes you can. Everyone visiting Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa may obtain an Umrah permit by applying through the Nusuk app. However, since India does not qualify to apply for the Saudi e-Visa, the residents of India, who wish to perform Umrah in the KSA should apply for the visa at the nearest Saudi Arabia Embassy, in their country.

Performing Umrah on a tourist visa does offer its own advantages such as a longer stay period, permission for multiple entries, and the freedom to choose your own hotel for Umrah.

Here are our top picks of hotels in Makkah and Madinah that you can book to ensure suitable accommodation:

Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency

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Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency is situated at the heart of the holy city of Makkah; the hotel is just a one-minute walk to Al-Masjid Al-Haram. You can expect luxurious, relaxing, spacious suites and an elegant atmosphere. It is easily accessible by road and has seamless connectivity to and from Jeddah and King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Masjid al-Haram: less than 1 kilometer/1-minute walk
Prices start from 7,735 INR per night.

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Conrad Makkah

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Conrad Makkah is just a 5 minutes walk by road to the Kaaba and the Holy Mosque. The hotel offers spacious and modern rooms, complimentary WiFi, a car hire facility and a 24-hour front desk and gift shop facility. King Abdulaziz International Airport is also easily accessible and is located 47 minutes away from this destination.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Masjid al-Haram: less than 1 kilometer/5-minute walk
Price starts from 11,311 INR per night.

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Makkah Towers

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Another hotel located in proximity to the Holy Haram, the 5-star Makkah Towers, has the most spacious and convenient rooms with a spectacular view. Getting here from King Abdul Aziz International Airport is very convenient – and only one hour away by road.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Masjid al-Haram: less than 1 kilometer/2-minute walk
Prices start from 9,486 INR per night.

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Crowne Plaza Madinah

Hotel Exterior

The hotel is in proximity to Masjid al-Nabawi and Holy Rawdah. Pilgrims can walk or take a free shuttle directly to the entrances of the Prophet’s Holy Mosque. The hotel concierge can help with suggestions on restaurants, markets and shopping malls in nearby areas in Madinah.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Prophet’s Holy Mosque: 1.1 kilometer/6-minute walk
Prices start from 13,398 INR per night.

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Madinah Hilton

Exterior Hotel With Holy Mosque

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Madinah Hilton is a two-minute walk from the Masjid al-Nabawi and Holy Rawdah. It is located at a 25 minutes distance from the airport and has shops, 2 restaurants and 1 café. The hotel also provides a range of kids’ amenities upon request.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Prophet’s Holy Mosque: 2.5 kilometre/16-minute walk
Prices start from 17,971 INR per night.

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Note: Hotel and accommodation prices are accurate at the time of writing.

Umrah permit

The Nusuk application (available on iPhone, Android, and Huawei) has replaced Eatmarna and Tawakkalna apps to obtain the Umrah permit.

Nusuk offers all pilgrims and visitors easy-to-use planning, a gateway for their journeys to Makkah and Madinah. This e-platform aims to enhance the experience of Muslims visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from all over the world and facilitate the arrival procedures for visitors to perform Umrah.

Muqeem arrival registration for Umrah pilgrims

Your vaccination status will first need to be registered on Saudi Arabia’s Muqeem portal at least 72 hours before departure to the Kingdom. Since Umrah pilgrims are categorized as short-term visitors, you would first need to register your arrival and vaccine certificate here.

For details on how you can register yourself on the arrival registration platform, please refer to our dedicated article.

Saudi Arabia Muqeem Arrival Registration: Rules and Procedures for Travel to Saudi Arabia

Umrah 2022 packages in India

The government of Saudi Arabia recommends that you enlist the assistance of an approved travel agent in your country to obtain your Umrah visa. Furthermore, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced the possibility for international Umrah seekers to plan their own itineraries electronically through approved platforms. You can find the list of approved platforms on https://maqam.gds.haj.gov.sa/Home/OTAs

You can also choose to book your package from your cities, such as Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Lucknow, and Mumbai. The Umrah packages are for 15 days 14/13 nights, ranging from INR 98000 to INR 108000.

All packages include the Umrah visa, airfares, accommodation, 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and transportation.

You can also book through the other approved travel agents in your cities below:

Ahmedabad

Tawaf Tours and Travels
Phone number: 0091 79 25508104
E-mail: [email protected]

Uveis Tours & Travels
Phone number: 00919727711844
E-mail: [email protected]

Saudi Haj Travels
Phone number: 9376707003
E-mail: [email protected]

Rajasthan Haj Umrah Tours
Phone number: 00917925395035
E-mail: [email protected]

Inter Air Travels
Phone number: 9723791300
E-mail: [email protected]

Bangalore

Baitul Haram International Tours and Travels
Phone number: 09986755507
E-mail: [email protected]

Round The World Travel and Tours
Phone number: 8197995777
E-mail: [email protected]

Makkah Tours & Travel
Phone number: 00919967077577
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Aamiri Travels Services
Phone number: 9888832222
E-mail: [email protected]

Shifana Travels Private Limited
Phone number: 00918095845151
E-mail: [email protected]

Baitul Haram Hajj Service
Phone number: 00919845309493
E-mail: [email protected]

Sagar Overseas Services
Phone number: 09886021666
E-mail: [email protected]

Sultan International Group
Phone number: 9739397786
E-mail: [email protected]

Mumbai

3N Travel & Tourist Bureau
Phone number: 00912226796088
E-mail: [email protected]

Shukriya Travels Private Limited
Phone number: 00912223471600
E-mail: [email protected]

The Benzy Tours and Travels
Phone number: 00912239816222
E-mail: [email protected]

Makkah Haj Corporation
Phone number: 00912223465963
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Khalid Tours & Travels
Phone number: 00912223011111
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Hafsa Tours & Travels
Phone number: 00912223400250
E-mail: [email protected]

Asfahan Tours & Travels
Phone number: 919930181046
E-mail: [email protected]

Calicut

Safiya Travels
Phone number: 00914952722770
E-mail: [email protected]

Safa Umrah Tours and Travels
Phone number: 00914952701846
E-mail: [email protected]

Salaf Haj Umra Guidance & Service
Phone number: 00914832765100
E-mail: [email protected]

Wandoor Safiya Travels
Phone number: 04931 248398
E-mail: [email protected]

Southern Alliance International Tours & Travels
Phone number: 9324558479
E-mail: [email protected]

Markaz Travel Mart
Phone number: 00914952723831
E-mail: [email protected]

Arabworld Travel and Tradelinks
Phone number: 00914712328386
E-mail: [email protected]

Hyderabad

Al-Azam Tours and Travels
Phone number: 00914066786111
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Mohsin Tours and Travels
Phone number: 00914066804545
E-mail: [email protected]

Arsh Travel Bureau
Phone number: 04023235525
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Qayyum Tours and Travels
Phone number: 00919866172525
E-mail: [email protected]

Evia Travel
Phone number: 7680902359
E-mail: [email protected]

Muskan Tours and Travel
Phone number: 00918472272783
E-mail: [email protected]

Zahis Travel and Tourism
Phone number: 00914066777600
E-mail: [email protected]

Quba Tours and Travels
Phone number: 9700786786
E-mail: [email protected]

Fahad Tours and Travels
Phone number: 919885929550
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Afifa Tours
Phone number: 00919394779877
E-mail: [email protected]

New Delhi

Alif Travels
Phone number: 00911123719411
E-mail: [email protected]

Alhind Tours and Travels
Phone number: 9496005902
E-mail: [email protected]

Aliya Air Travels
Phone number: 00911204017400
E-mail: [email protected]

Destination India Tours & Travels
Phone number: 00919910111290
E-mail: [email protected]

Musafir Tours & Travels
Phone number: 0096658909077
E-mail: [email protected]

Taqwa Tours Corporation
Phone number: 9810294348
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Ansar Tours & Travels
Phone number: 00966599989695
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Shahin Tour and Travels
Phone number: 9811675783
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Aqsa Global Services
Phone number: 00911126983435
E-mail: [email protected]

Shaan International
Phone number: 00919310288871
E-mail: [email protected]

Habib Tours
Phone number: 9899153722
E-mail: [email protected]

Lucknow

United Tours and Travels
Phone Number: 00919935257098
Email: [email protected]

Laraib International Tours and Travels
Phone Number: 00915224003535
Email: [email protected]

Mirza Tour and Travel
Phone Number: 05224067707
Email: [email protected]

Kalaam Tours and Travels
Phone Number: 00919628897628
Email: [email protected]

Makkah Tours & Travels
Phone Number: 9555151887
Email: [email protected]

Sagar Tours and Travels
Phone Number: 2530047
Email: [email protected]

Riaz Tour and Travels
Phone Number: 00919935570058
Email: [email protected]

Shan Enterprises
Phone Number: 00915224004066
Email: [email protected]

To see the full list of approved travel agents, please consult the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah website.

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